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Monday, December 7, 2015

Loyola Medicine opens cancer center with Palos Community Hospital

Orland Park, IL - The new Loyola Center for Cancer Care & Research at Palos Community Hospital is offering cancer patients academic level care close to home.

The center opened Dec. 7 on Palos’ south campus at the Palos Primary Care Center at 15300 West Avenue in Orland Park.

“Rather than asking patients to travel to us, we will come to them,” said Daniel Post, Loyola’s executive vice president for Network Development and System Integration.

Terrence Moisan, MD, president and CEO of Palos Community Hospital, said the affiliation with Loyola “is giving our patients and community access to highly specialized care and expertise from a leading academic medical center.”

As an academic medical center, Loyola can offer patients the opportunity to enroll in clinical trials of experimental new drugs that are not available at most hospitals. “These new treatments potentially can reduce side effects, prolong remissions, and in some cases cure cancers,” said Patrick Stiff, MD, director of Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.

At the infusion center, Loyola medical oncologists (cancer physicians) and specially trained oncology infusion nurses will administer chemotherapy.  Depending on the patient, chemotherapy is used to control the spread of cancer; cure cancer; destroy cancer cells that remain after surgery; reduce cancer symptoms or shrink a tumor before cancer surgery.

Loyola is nationally recognized for its expert team of specially trained oncologists who come from a wide variety of specialties. Loyola recently received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Loyola is one of only five healthcare facilities in Illinois and 75 in the U.S. to receive the national honor for surveys performed last year.

Loyola ranks among the top three Illinois hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospitals rankings. Loyola’s cancer program is rated High Performing.

Palos has been granted the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award as a result of nationwide surveys performed in 2011 and 2014. Palos’ Oncology unit provides care and services for patients experiencing various stages of cancer, from diagnosis through surgery and chemotherapy. The unit also provides short-stay service (eight hours or less) for patients needing cancer-related intravenous treatments.

The cancer center is part of an innovative affiliation between Loyola and Palos. The affiliation focuses on coordinated and collaborative patient care. Patients receive greater access to Loyola’s renowned specialty care services, such as oncology and neurosciences, while ensuring continued access to Palos’ primary care network.

Palos recently invested $50 million in a state-of-the-art medical records program that is compatible with the system used by Loyola, making it easier for clinicians to access medical records across both systems.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.


With 425 licensed beds and nearly 600 affiliated physicians, Palos Community Hospital, located in Palos Heights, Ill, 22 miles from downtown Chicago serves the southwest Chicago suburbs. Heart care, orthopaedics, cancer care and general surgery and Robotic-assisted surgery, are just a few of the services for which Palos Community Hospital is recognized. Palos has been granted the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement Award as a result of nationwide surveys performed in 2011 and 2014.  In 2015, Palos earned designation as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital (ESRH) from the Illinois Department of Public Health. In 2015, the American Heart Association also recognized Palos Community Hospital for meeting performance improvement measures in the Get with the Guidelines quality improvement program. In 2013, Palos Community Hospital opened the Hospitaller Pavilion, featuring 14 state-of-the-art surgical suites, the area’s first hybrid operating room and the innovative Center for Short Stay Care. Palos Community Hospital operates two satellite facilities, the Palos Primary Care Center on its south campus in Orland Park and the Palos Diagnostic and Women’s Center in Tinley Park, as well as a home health agency serving Cook, Will, DuPage and Kendall Counties, and Palos Health & Fitness Center in Orland Park. Palos Medical Group is part of Palos Community Hospital an serves nearly 40,000 patients annually.